Surrounded by lush forests and farmlands, London is home to Canada’s largest brewery, and one of its oldest live professional theaters and largest world music festivals. Like its British namesake, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do in this southwestern Ontario city.

Fascinated by history? Learn about the discovery of insulin in the former home of its inventor, Dr. Frederick Banting, peruse world-famous paintings by the Group of Seven at the London Museum, or, if you’re a foodie, explore the stalls of the Covent Garden Market, which began in 1845. Observe costumed blacksmiths and farmers in action at the 19th-century open-air museum, the Fanshawe Pioneer Village, or go back even further in time at the Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum, which recreates a 1,000-year- old Iroquois longhouse community. And whether you love fairytales or have kids who do, you’ll have a blast at the whimsical Storybook Gardens, located in London’s largest and most picturesque park.

If you prefer to keep the adrenaline pumping, there are options for both spectators and participants. Head to the races at Delaware Speedway, one of Canada’s oldest continuously operating tracks. Or skiers and mountain bikers will appreciate the range of outdoor activities offered year-round at Boler Mountain.

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